New Jersey Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1588)

Incident period: April 1, 2005 to April 3, 2005
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 19, 2005

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 5, 2005
News Release
TRENTON, N.J. -- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is urging all New Jersey homeowners, renters and businesses who have registered for assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and received an SBA loan application to complete and return it as soon as possible. This is an important step in the recovery process because most federal dollars distributed after disasters come in the form of low-interest loans. As of close of business May 4, more than 1,300 SBA loan applications have been issued.
May 4, 2005
News Release
TRENTON, N.J. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) want to remind victims of severe storms and flooding that low-interest disaster loans are available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These disaster loans are available to eligible homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and qualifying private non-profit organizations in the nine declared counties: Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren.
May 3, 2005
News Release
TRENTON, NJ -- Following a disaster, misleading rumors, half-truths and misunderstandings about available assistance may cause some residents to disqualify themselves from much-needed help. "Misinformation in disaster-damaged neighborhoods and communities may deprive eligible individuals and households of vital aid", said State Coordinating Officer, Karl Kleeberg. Questions and concerns can also be addressed at any of the open Disaster Recovery Centers located in Gloucester, Harmony Township, Little Falls, Stockton, and Trenton.
May 2, 2005
News Release
TRENTON, N.J. -- Residents living in any one of the nine counties affected by the severe storms and flooding may need to have their homes or businesses inspected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) or insurance companies. FEMA inspectors are currently visiting homes in the counties of Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren counties.
April 28, 2005
News Release
TRENTON, N.J. -- State and federal disaster recovery officials urge residents and businesses who suffered damage or losses from the recent severe storms and floods in Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren counties to apply for assistance as soon as possible by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY: 800 462 7585. The FEMA application line is open Mon. – Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and closed on Sundays. Registration is also available online at www.fema.gov.
April 27, 2005
News Release
TRENTON, N.J. -- Understanding the steps of the FEMA and state recovery process can help victims of severe storms and flooding make sound decisions as they begin to rebuild their lives. APPLYING FOR FEDERAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE

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